Sir Edward Leigh MP

Member of Parliament for the Gainsborough Constituency

Sir Edward Leigh was born in 1950, the youngest son of Sir Neville Leigh KCVO, the Clerk to the Privy Council. He was educated at St Philip’s School, the French Lycée, the Oratory School in Berkshire, and Durham University where he read History. where he was president of the Durham Union Society.

He was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1977 and worked as Mrs Thatcher’s Principal Correspondence Secretary before qualifying. He served on the Greater London Council and Richmond Borough Council before being elected in 1983 as MP for Gainsborough, which he has represented ever since, with a majority of over 15,000 at the last general election.

For eight years he was Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee and is now Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission and a member of the Speaker’s Panel of Chairs.

He was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State at the Home Office 1989-90 and was Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Trade & Industry 1990-93. Last year he was elected to serve on the new International Trade Select Committee and the Procedure Committee. Previously he has served on the Defence, Agricultural and Social Security Select Committees . His barristers’ chambers are at Goldsmith Buildings. He serves as a Non-Executive Director on the board of a commercial bank. He is a member of the Parliamentary Pro-Life Group.

Sir Edward is married to Mary and they have six children. He lives with his wife and family in the constituency at weekends and during the parliamentary recesses. During the week they live ten minutes’ walk from the Commons.

He was knighted by the Queen in 2013, awarded the Legion d’honneur (Officierby the French Republic in 2014 and in 2017 was awarded the Stella d'Italia (Commendatore), conferred by the President of the Republic of Italy.



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2017 - Election Address 1.54 MB
2015 - Election Address 734.12 KB
2015 - Second Leaflet 847.71 KB


Sir Edward Requests That Gainsborough’s NatWest Bank Branch Remains Open

Sir Edward Leigh, the veteran Member of Parliament for Gainsborough, has written to the Chairman of the National Westminster Bank plc., Sir Howard Davis, to urge the bank, in the strongest possible terms, to reconsider its decision to close the branch in Gainsborough’s Market Place.

Conservatives Hold Seat in Sudbrooke Ward By-Election Contest

Local Conservatives have welcomed victory in a local by-election. The Conservative Party Candidate Bob Waller secured the vacant seat in a by-election contest for the Sudbrooke Ward of West Lindsey District Council for the Party.

Annual Constituency Dinner is a Success

The Association's annual Constituency Dinner, held at Hemswell Court, Lancaster Green, Hemswell, has been very successful after a substantial number of guests enjoyed a great evening.

Sir Edward Leigh MP Visits the Benjamin Adlard School

Sir Edward Leigh, the veteran parliamentarian for the Gainsborough, has visited the Benjamin Adlard School and met with Headteacher Mr. Sam Coy following the schools success in recent years in moving from a ‘poor’ rating to a ‘good’ rating with Ofsted.

Sir Edward commented: